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InFocus IN80 DLP Projector review

John Archer



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These are busy - and successful - times for InFocus. The brand has recently rocked our world in two very different portions of the projection market, with the astounding X10 entry-level model totally rewriting the rule book of what sort of video projection quality you can expect to find for under £900, and the brand's IN83 showing for the first time what astonishing AV feats Texas Instruments' new DarkChip 4 DLP technology is capable of.

All of which raises both hopes and fears for the new IN80. This model slots neatly into the InFocus range one rung above the X10, slightly bettering that budget belter's spec for a price of £1299. But while we have no doubt, after the X10, that the IN80 will be a great performer too, we can't help but wonder if it's sufficiently better to warrant the extra £400. Obviously the best way to find this out is to do a straight comparison of the two projectors.

Aesthetically there's nothing between them at all; they both feature the trademark vaguely circular InFocus design, with matt black bodywork and a surprisingly large footprint for this point in the market.

For better or for worse they both also ship with a jointed foot mount attachment on which you can rotate or tilt the whole projector chassis, supposedly to help you get an image on your screen more easily. The reality, though, is that this footmount system is actually rather fiddly, especially if you're trying to tilt it forward or back by a small amount.

Another troublesome set-up point about the IN80 and the X10 alike is their use of a relatively long-throw lens. This suits large living rooms, yet the projectors' relatively budget prices suggest that some of their potential buyers may have limited living space at their disposal.

To find out if the IN80 can deliver the sort of image size you want from your projector, check out the InFocus projection calculator.

The IN80 is far from a dead loss to set up, though. Vertical image shifting is possible via a wheel built down the projector's side, there's plenty of keystone correction for getting your image edges straight, and perhaps most significantly of all, there's a manual iris adjustment to help you get just the right balance between brightness and contrast.

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Chris de Hoedt

July 14, 2009, 12:44 am

IN80 projector performs exactly as reviewed, although I did not find the rainbow effect - perhaps I am less susciptable or the recent model March 2009 has reduced the rainbow effect?

My reveiw contribution is regarding the fact that Sony Playstation3 have reportedly recently changed their HDMI hardware and the IN80 will not syncronise with the 1080p HDMI signal from a new playstation3.

Infocus US help desk are working on the problem but do not have a fix yet. May be wise to check this incompatibility issue with other Infocus projectors, especially the X10 which is very similar to the IN80.

An o

October 7, 2009, 12:37 pm

I had a similar problem with the InFocus X10 and the new PS3 Slim. I solved it as follows:

To prevent the projector (Infocus X10) from switching away from source or searching for sources, use the projector remote to bring up the projector menu.

Select "Settings->Sources"

Disable "Autosource"

Set "Source 1" to "HDMI"

Select "Enable Sources"

Disable all sources except HDMI (which must be enabled).


December 23, 2009, 4:01 pm

My first IN80 started overheating after 3 months. I took it back to Richer Sounds, who replaced it with a new unit because InFocus told me I could only have a reconditioned one.

3 months later, this one started overheating. In the end it would overheat from cold in 15 minutes. After reporting the fault I was told by InFocus that it would be replaced 'next week'.

Next week came and went. No contact from InFocus. I contacted them and was told it would be replaced 'next week'. Now re-read this paragraph three times because that is what happened every week.

I emailed their VP, and was given a tracking number which arrived at a depot the next day. Unfortunately it didn't arrive at my house. 8 days later a courier company I've never heard of arranged to deliver it the next day between 9 and 5. Waited in all day, nothing, not even a phone call.

Called them today, and they say it will be delivered tomorrow (Christmas Eve). I won't hold my breath- I'll just look forward to Christmas with no tv.

Why was it overheating? I vacuumed the inlet and exhaust ports to no avail. Eventually I took out the bulb housing to find a fine metal screen behind the wires that is supposed to stop light leaking out. Because the inlet filters are so coarse, they let dust through, which blocks the metal screen. I've cleaned this inaccessible screen which has improved things however there is a similar screen over the exhaust vent which will need cleaning on the inside, to which there is no access.

The projector is not in a particularly dusty location, and to have to clean filters/screens every two months that aren't even mentioned in the user manual is just 'not on'.

I've asked InFocus if putting filters from a Dyson Vacuum cleaner over the numerous inlets would void the warranty on the new unit (if it ever arrives) but they won't answer.

Bad design. Bad customer service. They are really quite useless. Thanks for ruining my Christmas InFocus

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